July 25 2016 09:11AM
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Yeah, so about that mock pre-game... the Toronto Maple Leafs and Peter Holland have settled on a one-year deal, just before the two sides were scheduled to head to player-elected arbitration.
July 25 2016 08:19AM
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Arbitration hearings are bloodbaths. In fact, the entire concepts is a little insane. Teams down in a room with players and agents and an arbitrator sits and watches while management explains that the player is about as useful to them as a frying pan made of ice, while the other side argues that he's the second coming of Gretzky.
All so a person can decide how much they deserve to be paid, and suddenly, they're best friends again. Anyway, given the competitive nature of these cases, let's set the scene for Toronto's first hearing of the week, Peter Holland.
July 24 2016 04:19PM
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The Toronto Maple Leafs are closing in on a deal with Swedish goaltender Jhonas Enroth, according to a report from Johan Svensson of Swedish outlet Expressen.
July 24 2016 11:01AM
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I'm not sure if I've ever ranked my favourite absurd moments in sports history before, but I do know that yesterday's Chris Sale incident is up there. The Chicago White Sox pitcher refused to play in the team's throwback jerseys last night, stating that the cut and material were uncomfortable compared to the standard models.
Now, seeing as he's a starting pitcher, I don't blame him. Little things throw off pitching mechanics in big ways; that's why you see some of the game's finest hurlers fall apart in games because they broke a fingernail, or similar. If the jersey is going to mess with your most important player, then the marketing team is directly impacting your ability to win games.
With that said, I probably wouldn't have gone into the clubhouse with a knife and started cutting everybody's jerseys up to prevent the team from using them. That seems excessive. Maybe just hide them somewhere? I don't know. But here are a few Leafs jerseys that, aesthetically, I would consider doing the same for.
July 23 2016 10:23AM
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It looks like Toronto's power move to keep the cost of one of their restricted free agents down to a minimum may pay off after all. Leafs forward Peter Holland cleared waivers this afternoon, just an hour after the details of his arbitration hearing leaked out to the media.